my whole concern in the affair of Eousseau, not with intention to publish it yet.
In Sept. were published, in the Public Advertiser, two letters I had written on political abuse in newspapers. They were signed, Toby, and A Constant Correspondent.
1768. Feb. 1. Published my Historic Doubts on Richard the Third. I had begun it in the winter of 1767; continued it in the summer, and finished it after my return from Paris, Twelve hundred copies were printed, and sold so very fast that a new edition was undertaken the next day of 1,000 more, and published the next week.
March 15. I finished a tragedy called The Mysterious Mother, which I had begun Dec. 25, 1766; but I had laid it aside for several months while I went to Paris, and while I was writing my Historic Doubts on Richard the Third. The two last acts were not now as much finished as I intended.
June 20. Eeceived a letter from Voltaire desiring my Historic Doubts. I sent them, and The Castle of Otranto, that he might see the preface, of which I told him. He did not like it, but returned a very civil answer, defending his opinion. I replied with more civility, but dropping the subject, not caring to enter into a controversy,- especially on a matter of opinion, on which whether we were right or wrong, all France would be on his side, and all England on mine.
Nov. 18. At the desire of her son George William Hervey, Earl of Bristol, I wrote the elegy for the monument of Mary Lepelle Lady Hervey, to be erected in the church at Ickworth, in Suffolk.
I should have mentioned that on the Dissolution of the Parliament this year, I refused to serve again, agreeably to a letter I had written to the Mayor of Lynn, and which was published in the newspapers.